It has been 2 weeks since this...
For the first time since beginning marathon running, I rested after my marathon. I took two weeks off. I ran, but not a lot. I cross-trained, but if I wanted to sleep, I did. Yes, this was a mental challenge to me. I know many people that are pretty deep into their marathon training programs and I had to step back from mine. I knew I wouldn't lose fitness by taking two weeks off, but I really wanted to ignore that fact.
I chose this route because I wanted to avoid injury. I can't afford to go into training for the biggest race of my life with a bad hip or sore legs. An update on my body: I feel great. My hip has twinges in it, but nothing more than I did before Disney. My calves and feet feel great. I let myself eat what I wanted to these past few weeks. I was so ready to get back into marathon mode with everything today. And I did.
Today was a cross-training day. I woke up this morning and was excited to put on my workout clothes. (Note: I hate the elliptical.) After I dropped my daughter off at school, I did the elliptical for an hour and then did my strength training. During my recovery I really focused hard on establishing my strength training routine and I am glad I did. The workout is pretty long and has a lot of exercises that my PT gave me. It takes a long time to complete all of the exercises, and I think practicing it with no expectations helped me make it a routine. Based on the progress I have seen within the exercises, I know that I am getting stronger. I am excited to see the progress translate on the road this spring.
Tomorrow, the running begins and I can return to my favorite site, DailyMile, and share with you my workouts again. The following are my goals for this training cycle:
- Wake up for my runs in the morning if I don't have daycare to watch my kids. I don't want to put off my workouts until the evening because with school starting, I am going to be exhausted at night.
- Focus more on the McMillan training paces for my runs. My current 5k pace is much faster than what I can run the marathon based on the calculator. This means, I don't have the endurance to reach my potential. This cycle, I will run his recommended paces and hope that with the mileage, I can increase my endurance in the next 12 weeks.
- Strength train 3-4 times a week. This is so important if I want to keep my hip healing correctly. I am hoping this also helps with the Newton hills. :)
- Run outside as much as possible. This is going to be so hard with winter, but I want as much road experience as possible. I usually run the Vermont City Marathon every May, coming off winter training. The past two years at Vermont were not pretty and I am going to have to attribute some of it to all my treadmill runs. I love the treadmill for speed training but my legs need to run on the road for long runs, and I am going to have to bite the bullet and get out there and run when it is cold. I put in a big order at Brooks this past week so am hoping once my new gear arrives, I will be a much happier winter runner.
- Focus! I usually don't have a hard time focusing when I have a training program in front of me, but I need to focus on my end goal and that is a fun, successful Boston Marathon. I will probably limit my extra races this training cycle and trust that my training plan will get me to the finish line if I follow it the way it is written.
Back to running! I am so happy and so excited. I have been waiting for this training cycle to begin since last January when I saw that 3:37 on the clock. I can't believe it is finally here and I can say: I am training for the Boston Marathon!
What are your goals for your current training cycle? Does winter running scare you as much as it does me?